We walked from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, which took about two hours. At Gorak Shep we had lunch, noodle soup and pasta and then started the climb to Kala Pattar. It took us about two hours to get to the top. It was not as hard as we had thought, but it sure was not like a walk in the park. You breathe harder and your heart is racing because of the altitude. Kala Pattar, meaning the Black Rock, rises 5545 m. From here the views are magnificent!! We saw Mt Everest from really close and all the other high peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse. We could also see Everest base camp and part of the Gokyo valley.